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The Coming Week on <I>TSC</I>

Get ready to register for the summer investment challenge. And check out John Rubino's Stock Strategies column.

Swimming through the volatile tides of summer can make even steely traders feel a little squeamish. But many of you, I know, are very confident that you've got this market dialed. We're going to give you a chance to display that skill.

Beginning Monday we will open registration for our summer

investment challenge. This is a chance to go toe to toe with fellow


readers, with the winners taking home prizes on a weekly and cumulative basis. The competition gets under way June 28. If you have any questions about the challenge, don't hesitate to contact

Nema Hashemi


While many of you are accomplished stock jockeys, we also know that many of you are trying to learn more about how to become better investors. That's why we keep bringing in folks like

Vern Hayden

to outline basic strategies about how best to deploy your assets. This week I encourage you to check out

John Rubino

TheStreet Recommends

, our Stock Strategies columnist in the Funds/Taxes section.

In his Friday column, John explores different stock investing strategies. So far he has written about

Internet "builder" stocks,

DRIP investing via the Internet and getting into IPOs through

online brokers. While our regular coverage gives investors the information they need to make decisions, John's column is designed to suggest ways that the information can be put to work.

John, a former equity and bond analyst, lives in Richmond, Va. He writes regularly for several publications, and is the author of

Main Street, Not Wall Street

, published by William Morrow in 1998.

Finally, as we continue to expand and improve, we rely on your feedback for guidance. Feel free to email me at any time with suggestions at Meanwhile, get ready for another exciting week of investing.

L'Etoile du Nord

Dave Kansas